No, that is NOT a typo in the title. Stay with me, and I’ll explain why….
Back in 2006, Alan Jackson released an album of gospel music entitled Precious Memories. This project took a cue from Ricky Van Shelton’s Don’t Overlook Salvation project, in that it was stripped down to just a few instruments, giving it a small-town home church feel. He would even release a “Volume II” in 2013.
Shortly after the release of the first album, Jackson recorded a live DVD at the Ryman Auditorium, also entitled Precious Memories, as a tie-in. The live show as similarly stripped-down with an acoustic feel. It would also air on TV from time to time. I bought the DVD for my mom shortly after its release, and it remains one of her all-time favorites to watch/listen to while working around the house.
The DVD and first CD are now out of print (and the original DVD can get a bit pricey on both Amazon or eBay). If you missed it the first time around, you’re stuck going with either YouTube or forking out a bit of money…
….or you can just wait until August, when Gaither Music Group is apparently re-issuing the DVD along with both CD’s in a special promo pack. If you read the pre-order page on Gaither.com, it makes no mention of the fact that this was previously released. In fact, the banner says “NEW from Alan Jackson,” despite it being recorded over a decade prior.
Looking at the 2-CD collection of Volumes I and II, it appears that Capitol Nashville is distributing the CD re-issue (via Jackson’s own Alan’s Country Records). Gaither Music Group is distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution (both companies fall under EMI/Universal’s umbrella). Maybe Capitol simply went to Gaither and offered them the DVD re-issue to go along with the CD set (seems most logical, given Gaither’s recent associations with country artists), but why would Gaither’s promo material make it sounds like it’s a NEW release?
Kinda makes you wonder if it SHOULD be called Previous Memories….